GTS Blog: News and views on freight, transportation, and logistics.

How to Mitigate the Costs of General Rate Increases

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Aug 25, 2016 2:44:33 PM

GRI season is upon us. With many of the major LTL carriers already announcing their
numbers, it looks like September will bring increases in the range of 4-6%. What can you do to prepare and possibly mitigate the costs of general rate increases?

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Topics: Cut Costs

NMFC Changes effective 8/13/16 eBook

Posted by Tina Tiano on Aug 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Keeping current with NMFC classification updates can be a burden for shippers.  Simple changes to a product classification can result in a stack of rebills if information is out of date. Our easy to follow ebook can help you stay compliant.  

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Topics: NMFC

GTS, ACCE and Strong Chamber Partnerships

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Aug 11, 2016 1:05:54 PM

GTS Rep, Anthony, is currently exhibiting at the ACCE Annual Convention. We figured that this is a great time to highlight our partnership with ACCE along with our rich history of delivering successful affinity programs to chambers.

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Topics: Chambers

How SMB Can Control Inbound Shipping

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Aug 4, 2016 9:59:37 AM

In the world of freight, one area that causes ongoing confusion for our small to midsize 
clients is inbound shipping. When you don’t have a dock or logistics resources, inbound shipping can quickly be pushed to a vendor responsibility and control of costs and visibility lost. Here are some inbound shipping basics to help you save time and money.

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Topics: Inbound Shipping

4 Step Inbound Shipping Program With GTS

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Jul 28, 2016 2:02:52 PM

You're busy. Your to-do list grows every day. Why should you spend your time on a complicated inbound shipping program?

There has to be a better way!

By working with GTS, you can streamline your inbound shipping program into four simple steps.

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Topics: Inbound Shipping, Logistics

PPAI and GTS Celebrate Over a Decade of Partnership

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Jul 20, 2016 1:47:08 PM

GTS has spent 20 years establishing a successful affinity network. We partner with trade associations & chambers nationwide to bring their members exclusive shipping discounts.

We have been a proud partner with PPAI for over 10 years. During that time, we have successfully worked with hundreds of PPAI members by saving nearly $1 million dollars on shipping costs. 

We are proud to present the following endorsement letter from PPAI Executive Vice President, Robert McLean Jr.

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Topics: Logistics, Leadership, Supply Chain, Business Growth

Shipping Alert: National Political Conventions

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Jul 15, 2016 2:32:22 PM

With the national political conventions approaching, it’s important to keep in mind security, traffic and closures when arranging your inbound and outbound shipments.

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Topics: Logistics, Cleveland

US Ports Are Going Green

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Jul 13, 2016 8:08:53 AM

A typical port operation involves ocean-going ships, yard trucks, forklifts, cranes, drayage trucks and railcars; add in the docked ships and that’s a lot of burning diesel. The market for energy-efficient port operations is developing quickly. Following California’s lead, the top initiative across US ports is to reduce emissions and, with electric power, many ports are slowly becoming green.

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Topics: Infrastructure, Technology

Ship Like a Pro: Understanding Location Based Accessorials

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Jul 7, 2016 4:33:03 PM

In the world of freight, one area that causes ongoing confusion for our clients is the additional charge for limited access, non-commercial locations or construction sites. This fee can apply to either the pick-up or delivery location and is applied when the carrier is obstructed from entry to a location or expected to perform extra services to pick up or deliver a shipment. 

We hear questions about these fees almost daily.  Let’s start with defining each.


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Topics: Inbound Shipping, Freight, Logistics, Shipping Like a Pro

Preparing for a Trade Show: Creating a Show Timeline

Posted by Aubrey Barto on Jun 30, 2016 10:19:29 AM

Whether it’s your first time or you are a trade show regular, planning for a trade show can be both exciting and overwhelming. A properly planned exhibition can help you generate leads, find new suppliers, monitor the competition, work on industry networking, and generate publicity for your company. The first step in accomplishing all of your trade show goals is to create a plan.

GTS is no stranger to exhibiting at trade shows; now we want to share our experience with you. Starting with a tradeshow timeline.

It could be handwritten in a binder or carefully crafted in Excel, but creating (and following) a trade show timeline will keep your team on schedule. You will be able to rest easy knowing that you will meet your deadlines and have a backup plan in case you encounter a glitch.

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Topics: Leadership, Business Growth, Trade Shows